A Pastor’s Pathway To Personal Revival

Any true follower of the King of kings and Lord of lords can experience a spiritual rejuvenation through an authentic personal revival. Though revival is counterfeited in manifold ways these days, true revival is lasting and life changing. Instead of trying to manufacture revival through entertainment, emotional apron strings and a worldly philosophical approach, pastors need to have a personal encounter with God EVERY day! In turn, this will inspire the driest of bones, around the minister in question, to draw life giving sinew from the Holy Ghost once again. The real question is, “Pastor, do you really want revival?”

Listed below is a suggested checklist of 10 important ideas that will help you improve your Christian walk as well as to have true revival in your life. 

(Ephesians 5:18Ephesians 5:18
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18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  

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#1 – Get Disgusted With Yourself!

It is one thing to be content materially speaking, but it is quite another issue when involving spiritual matters. Our Lord Jesus indicted the Ephesian church in Revelation 2:4Revelation 2:4
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4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  

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of leaving their first love. God did not stop loving them, but they LEFT their love FOR Him. This happens, many times, as a result of spiritual complacency. Before revival can take place in one’s heart, they must see the need of revival in the first place. This will never come into view until we get disgusted with ourselves!

#2 – Get Aboard And Stay Aboard!

Experimentation has no place here! Many folks window shop, but they never purchase anything. When seeking revival, one must be all aboard or just stay out of the way. Dabbling around the idea of revival will never do. If one is to truly live in the atmosphere of revival, then they will have to wholly give themselves to it AND its radical ramifications!

#3 – Get In The Right Position!

Imagine a family of four, who desire to take a vacation to Miami, Florida. They speak of it often, emailing their friends. They seek after it by getting advertisements, and brochures about their desirable, fun filled week. They plan and pack. Once loaded, and sitting in the car, they suddenly realize that they forgot to fill the gas tank and change the oil. The problem was that this family was so excited about the blessings of the trip ahead that they neglected to get in the pathway that would provide it!

God’s people often make this same mistake. While desiring the blessings of God and ramifications of what we would term a state of revival, many saints do not place themselves in a way of living to where they can experience the aforementioned blessings. There are plainly marked pathways for God’s people to travel in which provide arenas of blessing. Venturing away, however, from this well worn path and engaging in sin, will only produce heart ache and judgment.

#4 – Get Distinct With Repentance!

Revival and repentance are inseparable. Our problem is that we move through repentance with a rocket’s pace! As the hymn of old is entitled, “Take Time To Be Holy”, so must we who are seeking revival. Unless, godly sorrow is worked into our soul, then we will have an extremely shallow view of sin. Tolerance for sin and carnality will be the flags flying from our soul’s mast. Be deliberate and distinct when dealing with sin and repentance from it.

#5 – Get Right With Others!

We cannot be right with God, if we are at odds with our fellow man. How can we be right with God, who we cannot see, and be crossed up with someone who we can see? Though almost extinct, restitution has its place in revival. When people can be as right with others as they can, they they can be a candidate for a personal revival! Many pastors are not right with their fellow pastors and parishioners alike. As long as this is allowed to continue, revival will remain elusive and intangible!

#6 – Get Aligned With Scripture!

Belief and behavior are forever bound together. You cannot divide creed and conduct whatsoever. 1 Timothy 4:15-161 Timothy 4:15-16
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15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. to all: or, in all things 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  

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bears this out clearly. The Apostle Paul made sure that his son in the faith knew the importance of doctrine AND practice of that same doctrine! To be knowingly out of step with the Scripture and seek revival is like living in a fantasy world. In order to experience a genuine revival in our life, we must be in lock step with God’s Word! With diligent study, seek out how you can be a better Christian servant according to the Scriptures!

#7 – Get Serious!

It is amazing what we get serious about! Some pastors get serious about everything, but what they are supposed to. I am sure that they are in the extreme minority, but it is true! Our recreation time must be kept under close scrutiny. The eye and ear gates to our mind, must be guarded. Amusements can desensitize us to the point of tolerance to sin.

Be extremely careful and very serious about your relationship with God. Remember, there is no short cut to spirituality! Someone said, “God is not obligated to reward single acts of obedience, but a lifetime of faithful surrender!” The bottom line is that we must take revival and walking with God very serious, if we are to experience either one!

#8 – Get Rid Of The Excess!

In our day especially, it is easy to be a “Jack of all trades and master of none”, isn’t it? Every pastor has the same amount of time allotted to him! In the 24 hours that we have available each day, how are we spending this valuable commodity? There are, no doubt, some things that we can do without. I am not saying that they are sinful, but possibly a hindrance. Think about it… if we could do fewer things better, than more things mediocre, would not this be more productive? When we are muddled in an endless list of “THINGS” requiring our attention each day, then we are bound to suffer loss in our personal time with the Lord!

#9 – Get To Witnessing For Christ!

Involve yourself in proper things like sharing the good news of Christ! Activities of Biblical priority will be a good use of time and talent. Growing, refining, and pursuing these things will not make you spiritual, but will be tools by which you can learn to be more obedient to God. Laziness will sap your spiritual growth quicker than anything I know of. For sure, one of the best things to excite you for God’s work is to share the gospel with others!

#10 – Get To Growing In Faith!

Taking God at His own word will help you immensely. This is an ever increasing issue in a believer’s life. Believe not only that God can do something, but that He will do something! Each day, look to Jesus for everything. Don’t trust yourself one minute. Look Heavenward for everything! HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

Conclusion

Simply put, being filled with the Spirit of God is a state of revival. Getting down to business with God and walking with Him must be a daily priority. If it is not, then you cannot expect revival in your life! Every suggestion, that was mentioned above, deals with some aspect of being filled with God’s Spirit or of God’s control of our life. If you are driving your life, then God is not! Why not let him have the reins of your soul and bless you with a sweet walk with Him every day?

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Originally posted 2010-11-29 16:26:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Epaphroditus – A Man Of Christian Character

In life we find that people are remembered for many reasons. Some for their good deeds and others for their blunders. Epaphroditus is remembered for his character. Oh, how we need men of Christian character. This outlines serves to show us some great aspects of this man’s godliness! 


Title: Epaphroditus – A Man Of Christian Character!”

Text: Philippians 2:25-30Philippians 2:25-30
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25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. carefully: or, with more anxious care 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: hold...: or, honour such 30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.  

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25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. carefully: or, with more anxious care 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: hold...: or, honour such 30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.  

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) “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    Epaphroditus is a man only mentioned, to my knowledge, two times in the Scripture! Yet in these two places we find much about this man whose name means: “handsome” a common name of the era.
•    This man was sent to help Paul and deliver an offering to Paul from the church at Philippi.
•    This church was the first church started after the Macedonian Call of Acts 16.
•    Paul, in this epistle, gave some great doctrine on the “Christian Experience”.
•    We see that this experience is not what is going on around us on the outside, but rather, what is going on in the inside!
•    I want us to notice that Paul mentions some great things about this particular young man that we should learn from!

Proposition: There are four categories of the character of Epaphroditus that I want us to look at this evening!

I.    Notice His Description!


(Philippians 2:25Philippians 2:25
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25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.  

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) “Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.”  (KJV)

A.    He is called a brother – a saved man: born again! Paul never doubted his conversion by his fruits!

B.    He is called a companion in labor – a man who shared the burdens of his friend: worked hard overcoming obstacles!

C.    He is called a fellow soldier – a man that fought and stood for the principles of the Scripture: was very much involved in the spiritual warfare of the day!

D.    He is called a messenger – a man who served his church in carrying a message and money to help Paul out: a witness for his local church as well as his God!

E.    May we make it our goal to have these descriptions of character in our lives!

II.    Notice His Desire!

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26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.  

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) “For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.”  (KJV)

A.    He longed after his local church!

B.    He was away from them a long time in his appointed task, but missed his church family!

C.    The heaviness upon his soul was from the fact that they had heard that he had been deathly sick and this bothered him. He did not want to lay an excessive burden upon his people!

D.    He desired to be with God’s people!

III.    Notice His Determination!

(Philippians 2:27Philippians 2:27
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27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.  

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) “For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”  (KJV)

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30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.  

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) “Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”  (KJV)

(Philippians 4:18Philippians 4:18
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18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. I have all: or, I have received all  

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) “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”  (KJV)

A.    In spite of sickness in his life – his outward circumstances – he pressed on and becomes a living illustration of the whole theme of this epistle!

B.    This man was dieing, yet continued to serve!

C.    This man did not regard his life, but rather was sacrificial the more in his giving in his service!

D.    He completed his mission as good, if not better, than any modern day soldier would on the battlefield!

E.    May we have this unswerving determination to serve God!

IV.    Notice His Discipline!

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30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.  

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) “Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”  (KJV)

A.    This statement about his character reminds me of the words of our Lord Jesus!

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23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  

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) “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”  (KJV)

(Luke 14:26Luke 14:26
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26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  

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) “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”  (KJV)

B.    Paul even alluded to this in his second letter to the church at Corinth!

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15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. for you: Gr. for your souls  

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C.    He gave his life for God’s service and did not care about himself!

D.    May God give us this type of discipline!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Be saved! Repent and believe the Gospel!

To The Christian:

•    Will you endeavor to have character as was described in the life of Epaphroditus?
•    Will you endeavor to live for God regardless of your surrounding circumstances!

Originally posted 2010-09-26 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Why We Can Trust God

This outline helps every believer to remember that no matter what they face in this life that they can trust the Lord! We draw our proof of this as we examine some of the ramifications of the sixth of Jesus’ seven cries from the cross.


Title: “Why We Can Trust God!”

Text: John 19:30John 19:30
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30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  

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30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  

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) “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  (KJV)

Introduction:
•    We find in our text verse (#30) Jesus’ 6th of seven cries from His cross.
•    The three little words, “IT IS FINISHED” are an entrance into a mountain range of truth about what Christ did for us!
•    Much could be said about this text. Time simply will not allow us to explore all that we could.
•    I do want to pull a golden nugget from the application of this verse!

Transition:

•    When I read this text, I find a nugget of truth of the fact that I can trust God!

Proposition: There are numerous reasons I could share as to why we can trust God, but we will only mention three.

I.    Our Text Teaches Us That God Is A Man Of His Word!

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2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; In: or, For  

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) “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”  (KJV)

A.    All of the OT types that prefigured Christ are fulfilled. All of the OT prophesies are fulfilled. All of what was promised in Christ’s coming is fulfilled!

(Daniel 9:24Daniel 9:24
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24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. finish: or, restrain make an...: or, seal up prophecy: Heb. prophet  

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) “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”  (KJV)

B.    Jesus, God Lamb, took away man’s sins as John the Baptist proclaimed.

(John 1:29John 1:29
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29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. taketh away: or, beareth  

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) “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”  (KJV)

II.    Our Text Teaches Us That God’s Way Of Salvation Is Completely Effective!

A.    What Jesus did was enough and need not be looked at as just a portion or a small part of man’s redemption. It is completely sufficient enough to effectively save a man and fit him for Heaven.

B.    It is so effective that it is the only means of redemption and Salvation!

(John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

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) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (KJV)

(Matthew 7:13-21Matthew 7:13-21
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13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: strait: or, narrow 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Because: or, How 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  

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) “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”  (KJV)

C.    In the verses we just read we see that Jesus took great pains to make it plain that we should come the right way to God because of the false witnesses of the truth!

III.    Our Text Along With Our Salvation Experience Proves To Us That We Can Trust God For Anything!

A.    I believe that being saved it the absolutely most important need anyone has.

B.    If we can reside in the harbor of God’s effective salvation, through the work of Jesus, then we can trust Him for anything!

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5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  

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) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  (KJV)

Conclusion:
•    Be saved!
•    Trust God!

Originally posted 2010-09-11 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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